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Is there a trade-off between deepening and widening? What do Europeans think? EPIN Working Papers. No. 17, 2 April 2008

Ruiz-Jimenez, Antonio M. and Torreblanca, Jose I. (2008) Is there a trade-off between deepening and widening? What do Europeans think? EPIN Working Papers. No. 17, 2 April 2008. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Using post-enlargement Eurobarometer data, this paper explores public support for deepening and widening across the EU. In particular, it tries to answer the following questions: 1) Do citizens perceive a trade-off between deepening and widening? 2) Is there a gap between elite discourses and citizen perceptions regarding deepening and widening? 3) What fears lay behind citizens’ preferences for deepening versus widening? The first section looks at the historical trend in public support for enlargement and the second section looks at elite views and assessments of the 2004 enlargement and its consequences during the current constitutional crisis. Section three examines to what extent European citizens perceive a trade-off between deepening and widening and section four takes a closer look at the factors, mainly fears, behind negative attitudes for both integration and enlargement. The paper then explore whether, and how those fears affect the perception of a trade-off between the processes of deepening and widening, and to what extent these perceptions are similar among citizens and elites. The concluding section summarises the authors findings and discusses their policy implications.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > public opinion
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > EPIN Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2009
    Page Range: p. 36
    Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 13:11
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9401

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